Hundreds of people flocked to get special edition newspapers at a station in central Tokyo, after the name of Japan's new imperial era was announced on Monday. The government announced that the new imperial era when Crown Prince Naruhito becomes emperor on May 1 will be called Reiwa, which can be loosely translated to 'fortunate harmony'.
Naruhito's ascension will come a day after his father, Emperor Akihito, abdicates on April 30, ending the Heisei era, which began in 1989. Akihito will be the first emperor to abdicate in Japan in over two centuries.
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Date Added: 2019-04-12
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